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Came across this money poem and thought you’d enjoy it :)

“Smart”

My dad gave me one dollar bill‘Cause I’m his smartest son,And I swapped it for two shiny quarters‘Cause two is more than one!

And then I took the quartersAnd traded them to LouFor three dimes — I guess he don’t knowThat three is more than two!

Just then, along came old blind BatesAnd just ’cause he can’t seeHe gave me four nickels for my three dimes,And four is more than three!

And I took the nickels to Hiram CoombsDown at the seed-feed store,And the fool gave me five pennies for them,And five is more than four!

And then I went and showed my dad,And he got red in the cheeksAnd closed his eyes and shook his head–Too proud of me to speak!

– Shel Silverstein

HAPPY 4TH of JULY!

——–PS: Want another? Here’s a poem on wealth.

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David Hunter says:
Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 9:20 am

That’s the GREATEST money poem ever!

Happy Independence Day!


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Planting Our Pennies says:
Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 10:13 am

I loved Shel Silverstein’s books when I was a kid. Such great fun poems and the drawings are amazing, too!


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Angella says:
Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I love Shel Silverstein writings! Have a few books I read to my son at night. Haven’t read this particular poem before though. Loved it, too funny! We’re currently working on the concept of money with the kid, he’s still convinced 5 pennies are better than a quarter, but at least he knows a dollar bill trumps the coins haha.


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Shafi says:
Friday, July 5, 2013 at 12:14 am

Had a mighty hard time but I am on my way – Burt in Elmer Gantry

Off to Debt-free landI’m on my wayGlory, hallelujahI’m on my way

All along the wayDebt lies a-waitin’Every night and dayDebt lies a-waitin’Hear me shout and sayGet behind me, DebtI’m on my wayGlory, hallelujahI’m on my way

Fight the debt-devil and prayTake another step higherFight the debt-devil and prayLord, I want to climb higherChase the debt-devil awayLord, I’m caught in its fireI’m on my wayGlory, hallelujahI’m on my way


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J.D. says:
Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I read that whole book (Where The Sidewalk Ends) to my daughter on a regular basis. I love it! The drawings are cool and scary at the same time, too. It’s more than just the amazing poems, lol.


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